• Post remembers contributions of Native Americans

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  • The Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth sponsored the Native American Indian Heritage Month Luncheon Nov. 15 at the Frontier Conference Center.
    “American Indians and Alaska Natives are inextricably linked with the history of the United States. Beginning with the Pilgrims’ arrival at Plymouth Colony and continuing until the present day, Native Americans’ contributions are woven deeply into our nation’s rich tapestry,” according to a proclamation by President Donald Trump about National American Indian Heritage Month. “During National Native American Heritage Month, we honor and celebrate the first Americans and recognize their contributions and sacrifices.”
    Maj. Frederick McLeod, protection chief, Operations Group Charlie, Mission Command Training Program, served as guest speaker for the luncheon. McLeod focused on the book “Carlisle vs. Army: Jim Thorpe, Dwight Eisenhower, Pop Warner (and the Forgotten Story of Football’s Greatest Battle)” by Lars Anderson.
    The book chronicles the events of the Nov. 8, 1912, football game between the Carlisle Indian School and the U.S. Military Academy.
    “(Warner) realized he had to change how he coached in order to get maximum effort to break through those barriers in order to be successful,” McLeod said.
    After McLeod’s speech, MCTP Commander Col. Edward Bohnemann presented McLeod with an award of gratitude for his speech.
    “Just to talk about what makes this country great as well as what makes this Army great is not that we all look alike, we all act alike, it’s really the diversity that people like Jim Thorpe bring to the field,” Bohnemann said. “It’s leadership and diversity of guys like Pop Warner realizing that he’s dealing with a different group of people, that he has to coach a little different and be a little bit different leader. I think we all take some lessons from that as we move on to our next duty, realizing that it’s not the same as the position we were in previously. Our leadership styles may have to change and adapt but at the end of the day it’s all about how you treat your fellow service members, your subordinates and realizing what kind of person you are versus the kind of person you want to be.”
    The next CAC and Fort Leavenworth cultural observance luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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